Saturday, April 18, 2009

Harper's Island - Episode 2: Crackle

I love this show. I'm a huge fan of slasher flicks, and Harper's Island combines a soap opera with a slasher flick while stirring in enough comedy, action and drama to keep me entertained in between deaths. Which, that's what this show is all about.

All of the characters can be referred to by their show given titles, such as The Groom and The Socialite. This makes it much easier to keep track of them since it is a fairly large ensemble cast running around. The Groom and his soon to be Bride host their wedding guests on Harper's Island, off the coast of Seattle. The island used to be the vacation destination/summer home of our couple until a crazed killer struck taking down a half dozen victims. As the guests interact with the locals and people have begun to disappear, it looks like the wedding may have to be postponed.

I'm not going to pretend that this show is perfect. For the sake of time, several characters are fairly one-dimensional and when a random bit-player is given screen time, it means the end for them. However, up until this episode the killer has been able to keep him/herself and his deeds a secret. A short message from the deceased's phone and voila- an excuse for them to have disappeared. Now that a body has been found, it will be interesting to see the pace of the show change.

Harper's Island is on CBS at 10:00 EST on Thursdays. It's against Private Practice and Southland, so I think we can all make the right decision and watch this show. The first two episodes can be viewed in high quality at

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